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Reviewed: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: October 27th, 2008
Page: 3

Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

When you're just running around the world, the gameplay is fun and engaging, as long as there are enemies to toy with. Once you're in a boss fight... be prepared for annoyance factor.

Graphics:

Graphically, the worlds rendered are stunning... the enemies, not quite as much... and let's face it, the cutscenes trip over the Uncanny Valley all day long, except for spots where characters keep their eyes and teeth hidden (Vader looks excellent). "Ouch" award goes to whoever decided bodyscanning Carrie Fisher's looks today, and trying to pass them off as a Pre-A New Hope Princess Leia, was a good idea.

Sound and Music:

It's a Star Wars game. One thing Lucasarts has never managed to screw up (at least, until I saw the Clone Wars movie) was voice acting and music.

Difficulty:

There's not much to say on the difficulty - different levels give the enemies more health and resistance to Force powers, but not much else. If you're good at messing with the game and screwing around tossing explosive barrels and exploding enemies, you'll have a blast with it.

Controls and Interface:

Okay, guys... the normal interface is actually pretty good for Force powers. Why is it that, just to show the Boss Beatdown cutscenes, you had to switch over to a God-Of-War style "push this button now" setup? I'm really disappointed in that decision. If you wanted to show a cutscene of the enemy dying, just show an enemy; let me beat them down first on my own.

Overall:

If you must play it, rent it. Only an advisable purchase for Star Wars fans who simply have to own everything that's ever had Star Wars on the label (you know, those guys who buy Star Wars Transformers and stuff like that).


Added:  Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Score:
Page: 3/3

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